Faced with an ageing population and funding pressures, fresh thinking is needed to brace the NHS for what lies ahead. Perhaps the answer to some of the impending problems in health policy can be solved with a relatively old idea adapted from the world of monetary policy.
In 1997, Gordon Brown announced his intention to free the Bank of England from political control and give it the independence to set interest rates. Over 20 years on from New Labour’s historic decision, it might be time to do something similar for Britain’s most cherished institution – its health service.
That’s one of the recommendations of a student-led health commission that we have overseen at King’s College London. The aim was to train young people to carry out their own policy analysis and make recommendations about an institution that they have an important stake in as users of the NHS.
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